Michelle Rhee hires Melton

Rep. Tim Melton (D-Auburn Hills) is resigning as a Michigan lawmaker to lead the national lobbying efforts of StudentsFirst, the supposed education reform group set up by Michelle Rhee, the controversial former Washington, D.C. chancellor.

Melton’s official title will be National Legislative Director. He will direct legislative reform efforts StudentsFirst is pushing in states across the country—something he wasn’t very successful with in Michigan. Recently, Melton collaborated with Republicans on their anti-tenure bills.

Rhee claims credit as the architect of much of the anti-teacher legislation Republicans have rammed through the Legislature this year.

Melton couldn’t run for reelection because he is term-limited. His resignation leaves the House with 63 Republicans and 46 Democrats.